Are we living in the last days? I have been asked this question quite a lot lately. No wonder, when you consider events we've been either subjected to or witnessed on news broadcasts of late. These events cause us to wonder... are we living in the end times?
I find great comfort in Jesus' words concerning our tendency to fear and worry about end times.
Jesus said: ―You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved". (Matt.24:6-13)
But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Claim this promise from God folks! In Christ, we are secure irrespective of what happens in our broken world. Remember this life we are living today is but a blip on the eternal scale of life—eternal life. This life is not heaven. This life is not eternal. This life is marred by sin – it's why God sent His Son to reconcile humankind to the Creator and Sustainer of life.
We are called to respond to the Lord's saving work on the cross. Faith in him gives us eternal life in the next life. Heaven is a real place. Those who submit to his Lordship enter heaven – those who turn their back on him will be separated from his grace and love forever. That's a frightening position to consider.
My prayer is that these last days will encourage all people to consider the frailty of human life and the offer of forgiveness and salvation thru Jesus. As the OT preacher Isaiah told his hearers all those centuries ago: Tell the righteous it will be well with them. (Is.3:10)